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Catran, Ken

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1944-    ) New Zealand screen-writer and author, frequently of crime novels; included in his production of Young Adult titles are of two Young Adult series of sf interest: the Deepwater sequence, later televised, and beginning with Deepwater Black (1992); and the Solar Colonies sequence beginning with Doomfire on Venus (1993). His New Zealand television credits include scripts for Children of the Dog Star (1984, six episodes), about an Alien who is lost on earth and adopted by some human children, and "The Boy from Andromeda" (1991), which may be a remake of the previous title. [JC]

Ken Catran

born Auckland, New Zealand: 16 May 1944

works (selected)



Solar Colonies

  • Doomfire on Venus (Auckland, New Zealand: HarperCollins, 1993) [Solar Colonies: pb/]
  • The Ghosts of Triton (Auckland, New Zealand: HarperCollins, 1994) [Solar Colonies: pb/Michael Quinney]
  • Shadow of Phobos (Auckland, New Zealand: HarperCollins, 1994) [Solar Colonies: pb/Brian Harrison]

individual titles

  • Dream-Bite (Auckland, New Zealand: Puffin Books, 1995) [pb/Nik Andrew]
  • Tomorrow the Dark (South Melbourne, Victoria: Lothian Books, 2002) [pb/Steven Woolman]
  • Protus Rising (St Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press, 2004) [pb/Tony Giacca]


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